TACTICAL HAPTICS WINS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT AND RAISES SEED ROUND TO BRING IMMERSIVE TOUCH FEEDBACK TO VR
Tactical Haptics’s initial focus will be on creating a developer kit, including mini-games, for VR game developers so they can integrate the company’s advanced haptic controller with their VR game content. The developer kit will support multiple VR platforms allowing developers to use the dev kit as a replacement for the HTC Vive or Oculus Touch controllers. The haptic dev kit could also support mobile VR interaction.
About the company’s touch feedback:
The company’s advanced touch feedback works by mimicking the friction and shear forces that we feel in the real world when holding an object or touching a surface. This is accomplished by tracking the movements of the player’s hand (e.g., using Valve’s SteamVR or Oculus VR’s Constellation Tracking) and actuating small sliding plates on the surface of the grip-region of the controller to recreate the friction and shear forces you’d experience when holding an actual object such as a baseball bat, slingshot, or fishing rod. In addition to gaming, this feedback could also be used in augmented reality, telerobotic interfaces for manufacturing and maintenance, industrial and construction operator interfaces, pilot training interfaces, automotive navigation and safety systems, computer-aided design (CAD), education, laparoscopic or telerobotic surgery, rehabilitation, swing training, or to guide the blind.
Official Website: http://tacticalhaptics.com/
Company’s NSF SBIR Phase II Award: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1632341
About Tactical Haptics
Founded in 2013, Tactical Haptics is revolutionizing gaming in virtual reality (VR) with haptic game controllers that provide natural and intuitive touch feedback that creates great VR experiences. Realistic touch feedback is a critical element for creating immersive experiences and is currently missing from virtual reality (VR) and video games. Tactical Haptics has developed innovative touch feedback that can be built into a game controller. The company’s unique touch feedback greatly augments the gaming experience and is significantly more realistic than industry-standard Rumble (vibration) feedback. The company is currently working to make a developer kit available for VR. Tactical Haptics is currently based in Palo Alto, California, USA.